All Georgetown students are encouraged to study abroad over a summer or during the junior year. In so doing, they are exposed to new ideas and perspectives, as well as to peoples, cultures, and values that are different from their own. Given GU-Q’s curricular focus on international affairs, we believe that such experiences are a valuable component of the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree.
Important note: The GU-Q grant only covers study abroad at Georgetown University's main campus in Washington, DC.
GU-Q students have four basic study abroad options:
- Study at Georgetown University’s main campus in Washington, DC for a semester or academic year. This option is open only to third year students. Furthermore, students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher to be considered. Courses taken on main campus are applicable to a student’s degree and the grades earned factor into a student’s cumulative GPA. Information about the application process will be sent to eligible students in the spring and fall semester each year. Application form is here.
- Study at Georgetown University’s main campus in Washington, DC in the Summer. This option is open to all students who have completed their first year at GU-Q. Courses taken on main campus are applicable to a student’s degree and the grades earned factor into a student’s cumulative GPA. Information about how to register for main campus Summer courses will be sent to all students early in the Spring semester each year. Clearance form for summer study in Washington, D.C. is here.
- Participate in a Georgetown University approved study abroad program at over 100 universities around the world. Fall and/or spring semester study is only open to third year students in the junior year. Summer study is open to all students who have completed their first year at Georgetown. GPA requirements will vary between programs, but generally a 3.0 or higher is required. Courses taken during an approved study abroad program may be applicable to a student’s degree, but the grades earned do not factor into a student’s cumulative GPA. A searchable database of approved international programs and details on the application process are here.
- Take courses at another university independently during the Summer. This option is open to all students who have completed their first year at Georgetown. Courses taken independently in the summer may be applicable to a student’s degree, but the grades earned do not factor into a student’s cumulative GPA. Students are responsible for arranging all aspects of an independent summer study abroad experience. All non-Georgetown Summer courses must be pre-approved for transfer to Georgetown. See your academic advisor for assistance with course pre-approval. Failure to obtain pre-approval will result in the course not being accepted for transfer credit. Please note that a student may transfer no more than four non-Georgetown Summer courses to Georgetown University. Furthermore, no more than one of these four non-Georgetown summer courses can be an online course. Read more about summer transfer courses here.
If you are interested in any of these study abroad opportunities, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your options.
If you have questions about study abroad and financial aid, insurance, housing, etc., please visit the Office of Student Life (1F14).
Students From Other Universities
Georgetown welcomes students from other universities who wish to spend a semester, the academic year, or the summer studying in Doha. Here you will have the opportunity to take a variety of courses in a truly diverse academic and cultural setting. Furthermore, Doha is an ideal hub from which to see the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, thereby providing ample opportunity to continue learning outside of the classroom.
All non-Georgetown students wishing to study at Georgetown's Qatar campus must apply to do so through Georgetown University’s Office of Global Education. For further information about the application process and studying at GU-Q, please contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are several things to think about if you plan to study abroad. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions.
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